Brooks To Play Philly On July 4

Country kingpin Garth Brooks will take a break from retirement to perform at an Independence Day celebration in Philadelphia on July 4. Brooks will sing ''a couple of songs appropriate for the occasio

Country kingpin Garth Brooks will take a break from retirement to perform at an Independence Day celebration in Philadelphia on July 4. Brooks will sing "a couple of songs appropriate for the occasion" and join other celebrities, including Mel Gibson and Morgan Freeman, in reading the Declaration of Independence, his spokesperson said.

The gala in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will include fireworks, a military band, a 75-voice choir and singer Jill Scott.

The 39-year-old Brooks announced his retirement last year, but said he wanted to complete a few projects first. That includes a new album that may be released this year.


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